Magnesite and magnesia in Turkey

By IM Staff
Published: Monday, 25 January 2016

Turkey is a magnesite-rich country and has a long history of mining the mineral, both for export and increasingly for its own internal refractories and speciality materials sectors. Aykut Karaca, IM Correspondent, gives an overview of Turkey’s geological background and profiles some of the country’s main magnesite and magnesia producers.

Magnesia’s association with Turkey goes back a long way. The common name for magnesium oxide (MgO), magnesia was also the name of at least one ancient Greek city in Turkey, located in the western region of Ionia, after the locally-abundant, magnesium-containing geology. 

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